I think we are failing in vocabulary. No, I take that back. We aren't failing in vocabulary. We are excelling in doublespeak, which is the use of words and phrases that mean something different than what they represent. Here are four examples.
- Feminist - These days, a feminist is someone who advocates equal rights for women even when the exercise of those rights lead to more havoc among the natural order, e.g. women as priests or women living on submarines with male counterparts. Are we really doing women good?
- ProChoice - Limited to the one choice of a pregnant mother to terminate the life of her child, or not, ProChoice is hardly pro choice. What about the baby's choice to live? or the father's choice to bring it into this world? or the choice of the nurse who believes it is immoral and has to assist with the procedure anyhow? ProAbortion is more accurate.
- Celebrating Diversity - We are hardly celebrating diversity when the Catholic Church is made out to be the "bad guy" because She lives by beliefs different from those found in the secular world. Disagree with Her, fine, but judge Her as less than and then act on it, no.
- Gay Marriage - This label makes no sense when you consider the definition of marriage. Marriage is "the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc." How can two people of the same sex be husband and wife?
On a different note, I will be on a television talk show tomorrow night. Watch Beneath The Surface on Burlington Cable Access Television in Burlington, MA, 8-9pm.
Peace to you in Christ,
definition - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/marriage